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Don’t Fear AI in Marketing

Kyle Daniels
Jan 02, 2024
Don't fear AI in Marketing

As the end of 2023 draws near, the incredible rise of AI probably wasn’t on your bingo card. Regardless, its emergence as the go-to topic to drive heated debate on LinkedIn is unmatched.

While its ability to whip up marketers into a wild hysteria is admirable, we’ve only just scratched the surface on how AI is going to change the way that businesses grow and interact with customers. Yet, despite this, many marketers remain wary of AI, viewing it as an enigmatic, uncontrollable force. Sadly, opinions are like arseholes and everyone has one. 

If you’re hellbent on casting AI as the villain in the story of your business journey then you’re missing out. Let us explain…

Understanding AI in Marketing

Before delving into the benefits of AI in marketing, let’s take a step back and talk about what it is. In its simplest form, AI refers to the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, particularly computer systems. These processes include learning, reasoning, problem-solving, perception, and language understanding.

When applied to marketing, AI can analyse consumer behaviour and search patterns, utilising data from social media platforms and blog posts to help businesses understand how customers find their products and services. AI allows marketers to provide personalised experiences, improve customer service, and increase ROI.

The Power of Personalisation

Personalisation is no longer a luxury in marketing—it’s a necessity. Consumers expect brands to understand their needs and provide personalised experiences that make them feel much more connected to the buying journey. AI makes this possible by analysing vast amounts of data to identify patterns and trends that, when used correctly, can tailor marketing messages for individual consumers.

For instance, AI can analyse a customer’s browsing history, purchase history, and interaction with marketing emails to predict what products they might be interested in. This enables a business to send highly targeted marketing messages that resonate with the customer’s needs and preferences, thereby increasing the likelihood of conversion.

Improving Customer Service with AI

Customer service is another area where AI can make a significant impact. AI-powered chatbots, for example, can provide instant customer support, answering queries and resolving issues 24/7. This not only improves customer satisfaction but also frees up time for your customer service team to focus on more complex issues.

Now, before you get angry about chatbots not being fit for purpose, imagine instead that they’re used to filter you to the right person in the organisation, saving valuable time and blood vessels in the process. Rather than spending time navigating through the maze of automated voice messaging, the chatbot pulls your details, identifies the issue and routes you to the correct team by asking a few simple questions. 

A good workman never blames their tools…

AI can also predict customer behaviour, allowing businesses to address issues before they become problems proactively. For example, if a customer’s browsing behaviour indicates they’re having trouble finding a product, an AI-powered tool could automatically offer assistance, turning a potentially negative experience into a positive one.

The possibilities are endless.

Embracing AI in Your Marketing Strategy

Now that we’ve explored what AI is and how it can benefit your marketing efforts, let’s look at how you can start integrating AI into your marketing strategy.

Firstly, it’s important to identify your marketing goals and how AI can help you achieve them. Whether you want to improve customer service, increase personalisation, or gain deeper insights into your customers, there’s likely an AI tool that can help.

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Choosing the Right AI Tools

There are countless AI tools available, each with its own strengths and weaknesses, but what should you be looking out for when choosing the right AI tool for your business? 

Let’s start by considering your specific needs and goals. For instance, an AI chatbot might be the best choice if you want to improve customer service. If you want to increase personalisation, consider a tool that can analyse customer data and predict behaviour. Alternatively, speak to a vendor that specialises in building bespoke solutions to ensure all of your individual needs are met. We know one that might be worth looking into…

It’s also important to consider the ease of use and integration with your existing systems. A tool that requires a steep learning curve or doesn’t integrate well with your current systems may cause more problems than it solves.

Ask questions at every stage, and put the tool through its paces. If it’s the right one, it’ll pass with flying colours. 

Implementing AI in Your Marketing Strategy

Once you’ve chosen your AI tools, it’s time to implement them into your marketing strategy. This process will vary depending on the tool, but it generally involves setting up the tool, integrating it with your systems, and training your team to use it.

Before you go off and pour yourself a celebratory drink, remember that monitoring the performance of your AI tool is just as important as choosing it. AI tools aren’t set-it-and-forget-it solutions, they require ongoing monitoring and optimisation to ensure they’re delivering the best results.

Don’t fear AI in Your Marketing

AI isn’t something to be feared in marketing. On the contrary, it’s a powerful tool that can help you to provide personalised experiences, improve customer service, and gain deeper insights into your customers. 

Remember, by understanding what AI is, how it can benefit your marketing efforts, and how to implement it into your strategy, you can start harnessing the power of AI in your marketing.

Stop fearing AI in your marketing and start embracing the amazing things it can do to connect you with your customers. If you want to discover how Bundle can help you to get started with AI marketing, contact us today

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